gambol (æmbl), v. Inflected gambolled (bld), gambolling (U.S.
often with single l). Forms: . 6 gambade, gambaud, gambawd. . 6
gambaulde. . 6 gambole, 7- gamboll, gambol. [ad. F. gambader; cf. the sb.]
1. intr. Of a horse: To bound or curvet. rare.
1507 Justes May & June 113 in Hazl. E.P.P. II. 117 On horses gambawdynge wonderously
That it semed..That they wolde have hanged styll in the skye. a 1533 LD. BERNERS Huon lv. 187
When the horse felte the sporres he began to lepe & gambaud & galop as it had ben the thonder.
2. To leap or spring, in dancing or sporting; now chiefly of animals or children.
1508 FISHER 7 Penit. Ps. cii. Wks. (1876) 156 Redy at all tymes..to daunce, to gambade, to
lepe and to synge. 1590 SHAKS. Mids. N. III. i. 168 Be kinde and curteous to this Gentleman, Hop
in his walkes, and gambole in his eies. 1667 MILTON P.L. IV. 345 Bears, Tygers, Ounces, Pards
Gambold before them. c 1705 POPE Jan. & May 462 Their pigmy king, and little fairy queen, In
circling dances gamboll’d on the green. 1792 Munchausen’s Trav. xxiv. 104 The noble sphinx
gamboling like a huge leviathan. 1841 LYTTON Nt. & Morn. I. i, The urchins gambolled round the
grave-stones on the Sabbath. 1850 TENNYSON In Mem. xxx, At our old pastimes in the hall We
gambol’d, making vain pretence Of gladness.
3. transf. and fig.
1602 SHAKS. Ham. III. iv. 144, I the matter will re-word; which madnesse Would gamboll from.
1796 BURKE Regic. Peace iii. Wks. VIII. 418 A nation, gamboling in an ocean of superfluity.
1824 SCOTT Fam. Lett. 4 Apr. (1894) II. 199, I have gambolled a little in the entrance hall, which
I knew was not in very good taste when I did it. 1856 R. A. VAUGHAN Mystics (1860) I. 248 Our
little world has been gambolling like children let loose from school. 1890 TALMAGE From Manger
to Throne 107 The current is greatly accelerated and then goes gamboling into Lake Gennesaret.
quasi-trans. 1649 G. DANIEL Trinarch., Rich. II, cccxliv, The Pye but chatters to a Country
Cure, And gambolls wth the Sparrowes in a Bush, Rude Rhetoricke.
3377 gibes] gibe, jibe (dab), sb.1 Also 6-9 gybe, 6 jybe, 6- gibe. [f. the vb.] A
scoffing or sneering speech; a taunt, flout, or jeer.
1573 G. HARVEY Letter-bk. (Camden) 8 Besides sum other trim iests and iybes of his. 1602
SHAKS. Ham. V. i. 209 Alas poore Yorick..Where be your Jibes now? 1642 MILTON Apol.
Smect. Wks. (1847) 76/2 To be girded with frumps and curtall gibes. 1712 STEELE Spect. No.
300 1 Their aversion would be too strong for little Gibes every moment. 1757 DYER Fleece
(1807) 65 They..cast about their gibes. 1812 BYRON Ch. Har. I. lxix, Provoking envious gibe
from each pedestrian churl. 1835 MARRYAT Jac. Faithf. iv, Many were the bitter gibes and
inuendoes which I was obliged to hear. 1874 DISRAELI Sp. 5 Aug. in Hansard’s Debates CCXXI.
1358 He is a great master of gibes, and flouts, and jeers. 1885 BLACK White Heather i, The jibes
that seemed to form their farewells for the night.